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Ghanaians being denied visas unjustly by Canadian embassy for FIFA U20 Women's World Cup

Published on: 29 July 2014
Canadian High Commission denying Ghanaians visas for World Cup

The Canadian High Commision in Ghana are denying visa applicants in drones without merits to their own requirements, has gathered.

Several Ghanaians who have applied for entry visas in order to go watch and support the Ghana women’s U20 team at the World Cup which kicks off next week have been left frustrated by the Canadian embassy through the en-block denial of visas.

The reasons given for visa refusal by the embassy – per their own requirements – are not even applicable to some of the applicants.

It therefore raises doubts as to whether the embassy look into the applicants thoroughly, or give them a fair appraisal.

Letters issued as the reasons for the denial of visas to most of the applicants indicate they either do not have enough traveling experience, or do not have enough balances in their account to finance their trip.

Some of the applicants who were refused more than qualify per these requirements – creating an uncertain frustration to genuine Ghanaians who intends to travel to Canada for the World Cup.

“I am a business man who is well traveled. I do my business between the UK, China and Ghana but I wanted to go see this World Cup and more especially go to Canada to see whether there will be business opportunities,” a refused applicant said.

“But then I was denied the visa for the same reasons others were also denied. I have conferred with other refused applicants and it appears there is a clear policy to deny all of us visas because the same reasons for denial are given.

“I believe this is wrong and I am calling on authorities to step in and try to help in any way they can. It is really embarrassing.”

The massive denial of visas against genuine applicants with proven credentials and documents goes contrary to FIFA’s convention for awarding a country hosting rights to its tournament.

It is however believed that the recent seeking of asylum by about 200 Ghanaian fans in Brazil after the 2014 World Cup is serving as a major factor in the massive refusal of visas for the women’s tournament in Canada.

The embassy fears that most of the applicants will not return to Ghana after the tournament in their bid to go seek greener pastures.

The situation is however having a spillover effects on genuine applicants who more than qualify per the requirements.


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwame says:
    July 29, 2014 08:50 am
    Asylum seekers in Brazil, see what you have caused mother Ghana? The economy is nose diving, govt should do something now!
  • Koo Tee says:
    July 29, 2014 09:02 am
    Why not? Are those guys who are seeking asylum back to Ghana? If your cattle goes out to graze and they are not yet back, would you send more onto the field?If some of our own people will seek Asylum in Brazil what of Canada?
  • anelka says:
    July 29, 2014 09:56 am
    that's better bcoz this guys will go out there in canada n lie that muslims n christians re fighting in ghana just bcoz they want to seek for an asylum in canada' they did the same in brazil .
  • Franklin says:
    July 29, 2014 10:35 am
    Yes that's a good idea because when the supporters go, they wont come back again. Pls the embassy have to learnt a lessons from the Brazil world cup. Pls refuse all applicants for the Ghanaians appling for the canada visas.
  • maxwell obuobi says:
    July 29, 2014 11:17 am
    Thank you so much for refusing them visa. They are going there to seek asylum , this time around their reasons would that they re being murdered in ghana
  • nab says:
    July 29, 2014 11:13 am
    Don't blame Canada but we should blame the Ghana government for the shame they caused mother Ghana in Brazil. Now every country knows our story including the money that was lifted to Brazil which is even illegal.
  • Ajayi Oluwseyi says:
    July 29, 2014 04:31 pm
    Hello admim,actually am not a ghanaians but it's will look Embarrassed to ghana president if ghanaians being denied to grant Visa to watch u-20's world cup in canada....let's look think about it
  • Ajayi Oluwseyi says:
    July 29, 2014 04:46 pm
    DHello admim,actually am not a ghanaians but it’s will look Embarrassed to ghana president if ghanaians being denied to grant Visa to watch u-20′s world cup in canada….let’s think about it
  • Kwaku Abeku says:
    July 29, 2014 03:10 pm
    They should not refuse them en block. But because of what happened in Brazil i knew this was going to happen.its easier to get a visa to US than Canada. Canadians are strict in granting visa so I am not surprised, but the problem in Brazil worsened matters. We will do our best to support our girls, no 2 ways.
  • nana says:
    July 29, 2014 01:34 pm
    There r so many Ghanaians here in Canada, stay in ghana n do ur business we can support dem ...
  • One Bullet! says:
    July 29, 2014 01:59 pm
    Ghanaians are embarassings Africa
  • Dr Who says:
    July 29, 2014 01:59 pm
    they wont even watch any match once they land in Canada.
  • Tony says:
    July 29, 2014 02:24 pm
    Most of them can only afford economy one way ticket forgetting food accommodation etc.There so many Ghanaians in Canada who are going to support the girls ,so pls just stay home and use your little resources for essential daily needs
  • Mumbi says:
    July 29, 2014 08:12 am
    So you want more Ghanaians to go to Canada as economic refugees to seek asylum?
  • Kofi says:
    July 29, 2014 08:12 am
    I hear it's because some fans don't want to come back to Ghana once they've been granted visa.
  • Kwabena says:
    July 29, 2014 08:29 am
    Did the 200 plus asylum seekers in Brazil finally come home???
  • Nartey says:
    July 30, 2014 03:21 am
    Ghana paa de!!!
  • daniel says:
    July 30, 2014 11:42 am
    the canada folks shud just grant them the visa and arrest and deeport any ghananian who seeks asylum after the tournament that way they will have no problems.